Pros & Cons of Cocker Spaniels

Whether we’re talking the American or English version, the Cocker Spaniel and the mixes can make wonderful rescue pets. Originally bred as hunting dogs, today they’re mostly known for being sweet and pretty companion animals. If you have or have had a Cocker Spaniel, you know how great they can be. If you’re interested in adopting or fostering a Cocker, here’s what we love about them!

We Love Cocker Spaniels Because…

Cockers are gorgeous dogs.


There’s a reason Lady in Disney’s Lady and The Tramp is a cocker spaniel. We see right away why Tramp falls for her. In any color, buff, silver, black, chocolate, they’re lovely to look at. (Of course, all that loveliness comes at a price. Cockers need to be groomed every 6 weeks or more.)

Cocker Spaniels are cuddly and sweet and LOVE people.


If you’re looking for a co-dependent relationship with your dog, you can definitely consider a Cocker Spaniel. (The Prince of Wales can’t be wrong!) As a rule, they love people, preferring to be around their human family more often than not. (If you work long hours and are away from home a lot… maybe this isn’t the best breed or breed mix for you.)

Cocker Spaniels are happy!

Cockers are blessed with a lovely disposition. They’re happy to take walks. They’re happy to get their dinner. They’re happy to see you come home if all you’ve just stepped out to get the mail. They’re happy to curl up on the couch. (Sometimes, that happiness turns into too much excitement, which CAN result in a little piddle puddle… it’s been known to happen.)

Cocker Spaniels are a great size.

Cocker Spaniels average about 20-25 pounds, so, as dogs go, they’re on the small side. If you’re looking for a dog that will be comfortable in your lap, but isn’t a true lap dog… the Cocker Spaniel is one you might consider. However, Cockers are a little too big to fly inside the cabin with you. So, if you travel a lot and wish to do so with your dog, a smaller breed or breed mix is a better choice.

Cockers FEEL fantastic.

When this dog is well-groomed, they are so soft and silky to the touch… you will be compulsive about petting your dog. Be ready for strangers to ask to pet her, too. Just after a bath, there’s not much more pleasant than the feel of a Cocker Spaniel. Below, is Harlow, right after a bath. So yummy to pet!


 Cocker Spaniel puppies are adorable!

Okay. All puppies are adorable. But the cocker and cocker mixes are especially cute. And remember, if you’re looking for a puppy, there’s always a rescue organization that can help.


Full disclosure: our first dog was a Cocker Spaniel. And we got her at a pet store. (I know. WRONG!) This was years ago and long before I became conscious of things like puppy mills and pet overpopulation. Her name was Harlow and she was the sweetest dog on earth.

Everyone at The Pet Matchmaker believes in dog rescue.

For information on a Cocker Spaniel Rescue near you, see

Remember, ADOPT! DON’T SHOP!